2012 JBMO Problems/Problem 1


Let $a,b,c$ be positive real numbers such that $a+b+c=1$. Prove that \[\frac {a}{b} + \frac {a}{c} + \frac {c}{b} + \frac {c}{a} + \frac {b}{c} + \frac {b}{a} + 6 \geq 2\sqrt{2}\left (\sqrt{\frac{1-a}{a}} + \sqrt{\frac{1-b}{b}} + \sqrt{\frac{1-c}{c}}\right ).\] When does equality hold?


The LHS rearranges to $\frac{b+c}{a} + \frac{a+c}{b} + \frac{a+b}{c} + 6$. Since $b+c=1-a$ we have that $\frac{b+c}{a}=\frac{1-a}{a}$. Therefore, the LHS rearranges again to $\frac{1-a}{a}+\frac{1-b}{b}+\frac{1-c}{c}+6$.

Now, distribute the $\sqrt{2}$ on the RHS into the parenthesis and multiply the LHS and RHS by 2 to get \[\frac{2-2a}{a} + \frac{2-2b}{b} + \frac{2-2c}{c}+12 \geq 4(\sqrt{\frac{2-2a}{a}} + \sqrt{\frac{2-2b}{b}} + \sqrt{\frac{2-2c}{c}})\] Let $\sqrt{\frac{2-2a}{a}} = A$ and similarly for $B$ and $C$.

The inequality now simplifies to \[A^2+B^2+C^2+12 \geq 4(A+B+C)\] Note that because $a$, $b$, and $c$ are positive real numbers less than $1$, $A$, $B$, and $C$ are always positive real numbers. Rearranging terms shows that this further simplifies to \[(A^2-4A+4)+(B^2-4B+4)+(C^2-4C+4)\geq0\] which equals \[(A-2)^2+(B-2)^2+(C-2)^2\geq0\] By the trivial inequality we know that this is always true. Finally, we have equality when \[A=B=C=2\] and \[\frac{2-2a}{a}=\frac{2-2b}{b}=\frac{2-2c}{c}=4\] Solving the equations yields that equality holds when $\boxed{a=b=c=\frac{1}{3}}$

Solution by Someonenumber011 :)

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